“Cultures grow on the vine of tradition.”

It is a lovely morning, totally unlike yesterday with the monsoons. The sun is shining so brightly you have to squint from the glare. The blue sky looks unreal, as if it were painted in broad strokes. A remnant of last night’s heavy winds still blows bending and swaying the pine trees in the backyard.

I know spring is here as I can hear a blower being used to clean the yard next door. The season of machines has begun.

I have nothing I need to do today. The laundry has made it to this floor from upstairs and, according to my usual pattern, tomorrow the laundry will get downstairs to the washing machine. Once washed, it will sit in the dryer awhile.

Easter was wonderful. We sat on the porch where all you can see from the windows is the ocean. I wore a flowered dress and my Easter fascinator which is a small white hat with flowers and colorful feathers standing tall from the back. It raised quite a stir. As I was standing waiting for my table, I had to laugh when people noticed my fascinator as I could see their eyes moving right up to my hat. After we sat down, I saw a table across the room pointing at me. I waved. They waved back and mouthed that they loved my hat. I got a few thumbs up from them. People walking by stopped at our table to compliment my hat. Another table of women waved, smiled and pointed. My favorites were two young boys both of whom said they liked my hat, “Great hat,” was one of the comments. That hat turned into quite the conversation piece. I wore it the whole meal.

Dinner was delicious. I had an odd choice for me: carbonara. It had the usual pancetta and cheese as well as peas and crabmeat. It was rigatoni rather than the usual spaghetti. I had two drinks and for the life of me can’t remember what they were. They were strong. That much I remember. I had a coconut coffee after dinner. It was scrumptious. I think the rum helped.

When I got home, I took a wee bit of a nap, about an hour. That’s all I needed. I was totally refreshed and even managed to eat a little bit of the chocolate from the Easter Bunny.

We have best of all Easters filled as it is with good friends, lots of laughter and wonderful traditions, some old and some very new.

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14 Comments on ““Cultures grow on the vine of tradition.””

  1. Richard Says:

    Even here, I hafta say it’s a pretty day. We have clouds, tho’, so there’s hope. They’re big billowy cumes, but they’re bright white without a trace of threatening grey. Wind, tho’, we got. Blowers are quiet today – the Messicans come tomorrow, and the angry whine of the gas-powered machines will fill the air for three or four hours, then gone again.

    I need glue. That means Wal-Mart. LocTite makes a great polyurethane / polyoxysilane glue that works much better than Krazy Glue or the other cyanoacrylate types. This glue is repositionable for five minutes, sets in 30 minutes, and cures in 24 hours. It’s also clear, and doesn’t have that white ‘craze haze’ the cyanoacrylates add to everything they touch. Why do I need glue?, you ask. ’Cuz I was stupid is why. I failed to think far enough ahead when I was using the glue to repair an item. The item under repair was weighted down with an ammunition box which was perched at a more-than-somewhat-precarious angle on top of the object.

    Sure enough, gravity took over because of my failure to balance correctly and the ammo box crashed down on a piece of Mom’s ‘Blue Willow’ pattern ceramicware I used to hold things like shallots, tomatillos, etc. A few seconds more of planning would have resulted in that accident being avoided, but nooooo … so, the LocTite product comes to the rescue. Once it’s completely dry, I’ll use an Xacto knife to trim off the excess glue.

    Spent Easter with my daughter and her family. My ex was there too, having flown up from FL to visit our daughter. Things were, all in all, civil and manageable, and the day went off without a hitch. As usual, my daughter loaded me up with leftovers that are still in process of being enjoyed. She also managed to find some of the Elmer’s Gold Brick chocolate eggs that we used to get in New Orleans … I’m makin’ those ones last a while …

    You coulda had the people at that other table take a pic of you in your Easter finery … then you coulda posted it here. The descriptor of the ‘Easter fascinator’ is quite unique … and it fits. Did any other ladies have hats that day, or were you the standout?

    What, pray, is ‘coconut coffee’ … ? That sounds unusual – and possibly quite good. Oh … yeah, I noticed the comment about the rum …

    And now for some closing music, it’s Eric Roberts and ‘Gentle Breezes’ … kinda fits the day, huh … ?

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      It is still too early for lawnmowers. It is the season of leaf blowers as landscapers start sprucing up yards.

      When I went a few weeks back to the hardware store. I told the man I needed glue to hold ceramics together. He gave me epoxy. It set in two minutes and the items seem bonded for life. I was making bird feeders with cups and saucers.

      Usually I have leftovers but not Sunday. I didn’t have a salad or an appetizer, hadn’t eaten on day and was hungry so the food miraculously disappeared. It seems you can find anything you want or need on line. I bet you’d find that chocolate.

      I was the standout, not another hat in the restaurant. It is so colorful it was no wonder my fascinator was the topic of conversation. My friends took a picture which I’ll post on my picture blog when I get it.

      It had coconut rum, Coco Lopez and other stuff I don’t remember. The rim was rimmed with toasted coconut.

      I should have a tropical drink in hand while sitting in the sun to listen to this song.

      • Richard Says:

        The glue is bought … all that’s needed now is a bit o’ patience and some foresight — which would have, if applied in a timely manner, rendered the need for glue moot. I thought about epoxy, but having worked with it in the past, I wanted to have a bit more ‘working time’ before the bond became immovable — plus there’s that whole ‘mixing’ thing with epoxies … time to start on the next part of the rebuild …

      • katry Says:

        Richard,
        Epoxy doesn’t need patience which is why I liked it.

        Good luck on your project!

  2. im6 Says:

    RIP Patty Duke. December 18, 1946 – March 29, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=please+don%27t+just+stand+there+patty+duke

  3. olof1 Says:

    Hats I know very little of so I had to check what a fascinator is. They look rather pretty!

    I’m glad the dinner was perfect! Just having dinner by the ocean is wonderful to be honest.

    Warm here today and the sun shone big parts of it, until I came home. Then it started to rain some, mostly drizzle but the eventual shower passed by too.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Princess Kate wears them on occasion.

      You would have loved sitting there. The gulls were flying by and a man was running with his two dogs.

      Sunny but chilly here. I could only stay on the deck a little while-too breezy.

      Have a great evening!

  4. Bob Says:

    The scary part of the passing of Patty Duke was that she was just a year older than me. RIP Patty Duke.

    One of my favorite Italian dishes is Spaghetti Carbonara. I’ve eaten it in Northern Italy as well as in Northern NJ. Real Carbonara is made of Panchetta, Pecorino Romano Cheese, spaghetti and eggs. It’s Italian comfort food.

    Glad you had a wonderful Easter.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Same here-she was a year older. At Easter my friends, who are a year older than we are, are turning 70 this year. I said we should have a giant party. My friend, Clare, who hates parties totally agreed and that floored me. She said 70 is a milestone.

      You would have love this carbonara. When I looked up the recipe later, several mentioned three possible pastas which can be used. Not being a spaghetti fan, I was glad it was rigatoni.

      Thanks! I loved Easter!!

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Love the hat. Even without seeing it. It had to be great.

    Easter was quiet and sunny. Rocky and Piki Dog got chicken for dinner. I had lamb steak that had been marinating for many hours in lemon, rosemary, garlic, pepper and some lemon balsamic salad dressing that I found in the fridge. It was delicious. I also had sugar peas and roasted potatoes. All good.
    Since I was at home, I did not wear a hat. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      You definitely would love the hat!

      I love lamb but there wasn’t any on the menu except chops which are not my favorite cut. Your lamb sounds delicious! Rosemary and lamb were meant to be together. I’m with you on the sugar peas too.

      A hat would have made your meal a bit festive!

      Have a great evening!!


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